Westside Stories: July 2019

There's more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

The Sitka Apartments Treehouse

Benjamin Benschneider

Located in the heart of South Lake Union is a really cool treehouse smack in the middle of the Vulcan Real Estate’s new Sitka Apartments — apartments inspired by the San Juan Islands. Residents get to enjoy the special retreat year-round. Treehouse artist Daniel Mihalyo at Lead Pencil Studio said: “The Island Treehouse is intended as an intimate retreat for residents to socialize, relax, and converse with one another in a rustic space among the forest canopy. From the upper level apartments, the green roof will appear as a wildflower meadows scape — wild and untamed. When viewed from underneath, the structure will beckon as an alluring space within the tree canopy. The Northwest climate and moisture will cultivate the moss, ferns, and small seedlings on the outer roof form. Inside is a warm enclosure with a Norwegian fireplace and wood slab seating area that encourage conversation among neighbors and friends. In warm summer months, the large wooden doors will slide open to welcome the outside in and change the dynamics of natural light. During the winter, the cozy transparent cabin will glow with warmth via indirect lighting.”

Octopus Wrap Debuts at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park

Courtesy SAM

Octopus Wrap is a new site-specific installation at the PAACAR Pavilion that will be on display through March 2020. It’s the brainchild of Brazilian artist Regina Silveira, “renowned for her illusionistic interventions on buildings, city streets, and public parks.” This park’s location is at a busy intersection, and her art combines tire tracks that take on the form of octopus arms.

Hotel Theodore Partners with Light In The Attic Records 

Courtesy Provenance Hotels

As if Hotel Theodore weren’t already one of the coolest places to stay in downtown Seattle, now the upscale hotel devoted to honoring the past has partnered with local Light In The Attic Records. Guests on the 20th floor will find turntables in their rooms, label-curated vinyl records, and framed photos of the label’s artists and info about their careers. Rock on!

Seattle Couple Blends Wine for Greater Good

Brad Johnson

Teresa Spellman Gamble (daughter of former Gov. John D. Spellman) and husband Tim Gamble of Seattle bought Woodinville’s William Church and Cuillin Hills wineries and created the umbrella brand Tinte Cellars with an overarching goal of giving back. They gave $20,000 to Mary’s Place, ArtsFund, Northwest Harvest, and Child Mind Institute — in just the first three months of 2019. “Tinte Cellars is truly changing lives,” said Lea Tiernan, CDO of Mary’s Place. Other ways they are giving back is by matching employee contributions to nonprofits, hosting fundraising events onsite, selling local art and goods, and donating $150 to wine club members’ charities. 

Understanding Wildfires 

Joanne Francis via Unsplash

A new exhibit at the Pacific Science Center called Wildfire is attempting to educate the public about wildfires, the history of wildfires in the U.S., how wildfires affect the ecology of forests, and the policies and science regarding the issue. In addition, visitors can virtually explore wildfires burning in the state in real time and see how the smoke affects an area when it blows in. Look back to 2018, and see the difference of the view from the Space Needle on clear versus smoky days, while learning to stay safe and protect yourself during smoky summers.

K Banana at U Village is a Permanent Fixture

Michael Garrett

The K Banana pop-up was so successful, it is now a permanent store featuring k-beauty everything, including masks, skincare by Korean boy band BTS, gifts, and more. 

First Allbirds Opens in Seattle

Courtesy Allbirds

Speaking of walking in the city: Now you can do it in style and comfort. The city’s first Allbirds shoe store opened in spring at University Village. The service desk is made from reclaimed wood with a basalt rock base, and everything is awash in forest green, coffee bean brown, and blue.

is the editor in chief at 425 magazine.
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